Cani….Wha?

Canicross! The sport of attaching a sled harness to your dog and then attaching it to you……. With no sled. Then, you run. And try not to fall. It’s AWESOME! Actually, there’s more to it than that. To do it on your own is pretty easy. Get a quality harness/line/belt. We use Nooksack Racing gear. Most dogs naturally pull, so …

We Walk DINOS!

Dinosaurs? No D.I.N.O.S. It’s a concept founded by Jessica Dolce, author of the blog; Notes From A Dog Walker. Here’s her description: What is a DINOS? DINOS™ are Dogs in Need of Space. DINOS are good dogs that need some space while they’re out on walks. They might be DINOS for a variety of reasons, such as: •service and working dogs …

Who Rescued Who?

I’m actually not being cliche. Science suggests this is an actual question now! The common theory is that we humans saw these canines scavenging around the outskirts of our fire eating the bones that we were tossing over our shoulder. We noticed this and used our immense intelligence to “train and domesticate” them. Well, a scientist has recently done a …

In Defense Of Bully Breeds

At Next Level Dogs, we don’t deal exclusively with Pit Bulls or their derivatives. But, we are certainly HUGE advocates seeing as how almost all the dogs in are personal pack are Bulls!!! And while we work with ALL breeds, we spend a fair amount of energy trying to change public opinion on these often misunderstood dogs. The one thing …

Restless Spirit: Mike D’Abruzzo

This is written by Mike D’Abruzzo of Self Help Dog Training. I think he sums up the need that dogs have for exercise as a therapy modality well. Read this, and when you’re convinced that you have to help your dog find that fulfillment, let us know. We will send over the coach they need to succeed! Restless Spirit:  by …

Tug…. The Right Way

Everyone has advice on playing tug with your dog. Some say never do it at all, because it encourages aggressiveness. Some say it’s ok to do it with some dogs, but not dogs that are dominant, because they will learn it’s ok to challenge you. But then there are a whole slew of professionals that use tugs to create amazing …

Phin And Graf’s Canine Outward Bound

Saturday, we had a GREAT Canine Outward Bound half day.  First, we got Phin- A SUPER high energy 6 month old female herding dog mix. Inexhaustible is a good description.  Because her energy is so high, her owners have a difficult time getting her out as much as they’d like.  And while not dangerous in any way…… She is a …

We Work Out Together!

Here’s a pic of our pack’s morning. After our morning walk/jog/CaniCross, we hit the garage. The weights in the front are for my workout…… The weights on the sled is for them to do weight pull after their rest break. The treadmill…… That, we all use! Good stuff!

3 Bad Bullies Out For A Walk

Yep, These are the monsters we named this gig after. You have no idea how much work went in to that picture. I don’t mean posing it. I mean making it possible. Mabel’s 6 week in-house rehab under a professional behaviorist. Milo and Bella’s own obedience work. Tight pack structure protocols at the house. And finally, working leash manners with …

Roberts Farm CaniCross Oct 20th!

We did this race last year with Milo and it was a blast! Not as crowded as the Pineland Farm CaniCross, so maybe a bit less intimidating for a beginner. If your dog is environmentally unsound, or dog/people aggressive this obviously isn’t a smart thing to try without planning! But, have hope. With a solid training plan, you can get …